NDKs lined up on Kayak Beach

Thoughts on Fitting, Demoing and Choosing a Sea Kayak

by Tom Bergh of Maine Island Kayak Co, Peaks Island, Maine

Sea kayak designs abound in our world. The following thoughts are offered to assist you in evaluating any kayak you paddle. With so many designs and models to choose from, which kayak is “the best”? It’s my hope to help you plot a positive and useful course through this exercise.

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Eddie Would Go. Photo David Croxford.

Eddie Would Go

When a surfer drops onto the face of a wave at the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, it’s a long way down. The prestigious surfing competition takes place during the most active swell season at Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore, from December 1 to February 28*; it requires waves of more than 20 feet to run - and that’s Hawaiian scale. The faces of those waves measure upwards of 30 feet. The event honors legendary Hawaiian surfer Eddie Aikau. Twenty-eight surfers are voted by their peers to compete in “The Eddie”.

2009 Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. Photo Hawaii News Now.

2009 Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. Photo Hawaii News Now.

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Prarie Creek Redwoods State Park, Hoopla, California

The Man Who Planted Trees

A Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet

By Jim Robbins

The cast of characters reads like a science fantasy novel: Methuselah, Twin Stem, Old Blue, Gramma, Stagg and Waterfall. But these names aren’t the names of hobbits and elves; they’re behemoth trees — Champion Trees.

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Broken Skull River canoe expedition

The Writings of Scott MacGregor

From an idea scribbled on a bar napkin in 1999, Scott MacGregor turned his passion and real life experiences in kayaking and canoeing into Rapid Media, publisher of Paddling magazine. Rapid Media has also partnered with Paddlesports Retailer, a prominent annual gathering and industry sales event.

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NDK Explorer

Care and Feeding of my new NDK Explorer

This season my Y2010 Explorer moved to Jonesport, ME. So it’s time for me to tweak up a new, fresh boat. (It has been 10 years.) Darn! Thought I’d share a few of the tweaks and tunes I’ve found helpful for my use in coaching and guiding.

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Nick at the Ledge

NDK Sportive RM

by Nick Delprete

Lots of talk on here about the Sportive recently and I've been paddling one for just about two years now; figured I'd throw my own little review out there. I've used my sportive in rough water, as a primary guiding boat, and for weekend trips. Let me say first that I love this boat and it's my go-to at the moment. Like any other great boat, fit is important and this was one of the first boats I had sat in that immediately felt like it fit. For reference, I'm about 5'7"(1.7 m), 155 lbs (70 kg).

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